Monday, August 11, 2014

Last Day of Freedom

My summer vacation is coming to an end. Tomorrow is a training meeting and school starts on Wednesday.  Summer seemed to go by too quickly, and I'm really not ready to give it up. But since we are expecting highs in the 90's next week, I guess I don't have to:)




This little guy is about 3/4 of an inch long.

We have had such a great garden year, with rain when needed and not too hot. The flower beds are overflowing and keep me busy weeding and cutting back. Along with all the butterflies and hummingbirds we keep finding the tiniest toads and frogs amongst the leaves. They are so cute! This is a little tree frog that probably hatched out in our pond. We've had various tadpoles in there all summer. I love it!


I've been trying to get some craft projects finished up before going back to work. The star quilt is finally done! Yeah! It took me 10 months, but I really enjoyed it. I'm not sure where it will go. I'm thinking the upstairs antique bed with the ruffled muslin skirt and shams. For some reason I didn't get a good picture this evening so I'll take one when I have the bed all made up.

Our twin grandchildren are due this weekend!!! We can hardly wait! Of course Andrew and Alison can't wait either. Alison is doing so well and hanging on till the end with no ordered bed rest. I can't imagine carrying twins.

We gave them our baby gifts last week. I knitted two little sweater and hat sets for this fall or winter. They were so quick and fun to make. We also gave them some newborn outfits just because they are so darn cute! With matching booties and mitts. And of course the most important, a check, which always comes in handy for a young family.





I wish I had taken a picture of the baby card I made. It was so cute too! I used a Papertrey Ink stamp of a onsie and cut out two of them. On the inside it said "Good things come in multiples." Aren't baby things so fun?

Well, I had better get to bed. Have to get up at 6:00 and I am not a morning person. (I have been sleeping till 9 all summer.) Have a great week everyone and I'll be back to share the baby pictures!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fairy Gardens




Look at that cute miniature columbine!



 Technically, this is a gnome garden, only because we had a little gnome that needed a place to live.

 When we were in San Diego a few years ago we went to Summers Past Herb Farm. Oh what a place! I loved it and could have spent a whole day there. (I only got a couple of hours - our teenaged son was with us:) They had done a fairy garden in an old wheelbarrow. Well, we had an antique wheelbarrow and when we got home we went to work making a little garden of our own. Have you noticed how many places sell fairy garden stuff? Everywhere! And it's all so cute. Since then we've gotten more little things and so we made another garden this summer.



Rick made this planter box awhile ago and I wanted to use it again. It just needs a few more things. I think I might go back and buy a little pond I saw when I got the plants. Oh, and I guess it needs a fairy or two! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

This and That











I hope everyone had a great 4th. We had a wonderful time with family and friends. And the weather was perfect this year. Tad was thrilled to hold a sparkler, and watch the "color booms"!

The weather has also been perfect for the garden. We've been getting enough rain so that everything is growing well and we don't have to do any extra watering, which is my least favorite garden chore. I am harvesting green beans, red raspberries, onions, peas, and cucumbers every day. Now I just need some tomatoes for my favorite meal - bagels, cream cheese, and sliced veggies. It's so rewarding to go out to the garden and find what I need to fill out our dinner menu. One thing we don't plant is sweet corn (because of the raccoons) but there is a farm wagon that comes into town every morning with the best corn. Need to get some tomorrow:)

I was at Walmart the other day and found these Adirondack chairs marked down half price. $50.00 each! I had to get them, they were the last ones. They are very comfortable and we already love sitting out under the maple tree and reading, and in my case stitching. I am still working on the star quilt I started last fall. I'm quilting the borders now and that goes pretty fast. As much as I love it, I am ready to move on to something else. So many quilts, so little time!




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A New Quilt for the Birthday Boy

I know that a quilt can't compete with a tractor, but it will come in handy at bedtime:)
  I wanted to make something special for our little grandson's 3rd birthday. When I saw this book by the author of the Pretty By Hand blog, I knew exactly what to make.


I  love this quilt! I was able to combine my love of embroidery and quilting.  Kristyne has come up with the cutest designs that can used in quilts and other projects.There is a set for girls and one for boys, but I used some of each to make it work for Tad.
















And I remembered to make a label this time! I almost always forget to do this and we all need to put our names and a date on our quilts. Hopefully this quilt will be around for awhile. Or maybe it will get loved to death. That's OK too:)



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

It's a Jungle Out Here!


 That's what we said when we returned home from our vacation and saw the yard. We couldn't believe how much things had grown in only 8 days. But with all the rain and warm weather, everything (especially the weeds:) had rocketed up. I have spent the last week getting caught up and still haven't finished all the gardens. It has turned very hot and humid and I just can't handle working in it too long at a time.

So this was where we spent our little holiday - Siesta Key, Florida. Really the most beautiful beach we have ever been to. Add to that the perfect weather, condo, and food and we were in heaven!



The water was so clear and warm.
One of our favorite things about Florida (or anywhere, really) is the wildlife. We went to a state park and also to another island to see alligators, birds and sea creatures.




We waded into a tidal mudflat to see horseshoe crabs and other cool things.

I had to bring along a little something to work on while relaxing in the evenings. Can't have idle hands, you know! So I prepared a stitchery project. I'm not sure what I will do with it. Maybe a pillow? We'll see.




Saying goodby to our beach :(
We will add the memories of this trip to the all the others taken over the years. I wonder where we will go next. Mmmm....

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Vegetable Beds and Irises


I'm sure it's not surprising that I'm obsessed with gardening right now. If I'm not working in the yard, I'm going out every so often just to admire it and see what's blooming. Everything is changing so fast and I'm afraid I'll miss a lovely peony or iris. I can't wait until school is out so I can be home in the mornings, when it's cool and the birds are singing. Heaven!

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you might remember our strawberry bed. It was quite large and prolific, but very hard to take care of. Because of that and the fact that we lost a lot of plants over the winter, I decided to remake that part of the garden. Rick made ten more raised beds similar to the ones in the front veggie garden, just a different size.



A lot of work for my husband, but he knew it would end up being less work for me in the long run. He filled each bed with soil and several wheelbarrow loads of compost. Then we covered the paths with mulch. I love how it looks!

The front beds have tomatoes, three types of heirlooms and others. There are sweet peas and parsley under the trellis.
Two beds have strawberries. They are doing well already, but won't produce until next year.
Another two beds of asparagus. Can you see it?
These are the older front beds.
Sugar peas and two varieties of lettuce.
Broccoli started from seed.
Spinach, chard, radishes, and carrots.
Bush beans.

Now is the time for irises to bloom here in Indiana. I love them and have had many colors over the years. But for some reason the purple/blue irises are the ones that stick around. But this year we got a pretty yellow to bloom. And the Japanese iris are always dependable and beautiful.



I hope you have enjoyed my garden pictures. Believe it or not, I have been doing some crafting and I will post about it soon. Take care, everyone!